The USL will kick off the 2015 season in March with 24 teams, up from 14 in 2014. It has added seven MLS
second teams, joining LA Galaxy II, which launched in 2014.
The 2015 season will feature the debuts of MLS second teams in Montreal, New York, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver as well as clubs in Austin, Colorado Springs, Louisville, St. Louis and Tulsa. Charlotte has new owners and a new name.
The league has launched a new web site (uslsoccer.com) and new Twitter handle (@USL). The new web site includes a section on the PDL, the organization's national amateur men's soccer that operates in the summer, but conspicuously absent is the W-League. A web site for the women's league whose membership has dropped from 25 teams to 18 exists under wleaguesoccer.com.
Names through the years ...
1986: Southwest Indoor Soccer League
1989: Southwest Independent Soccer League which included both the indoor and outdoor leagues.
1990: Sunbelt Independent Soccer League
1991: United States Interregional Soccer League
1995: United States International Soccer League
1995: United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues
1999: United Soccer Leagues
1995: USISL Pro League
1996: USISL Select League
2011: USL PRO